Holiday Planning

The Salvation Army invites volunteers to assist throughout the metro area during the holiday season. Assignments include serving Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, distributing donated food, bell ringing and attending donation kettles at shopping centers. Volunteers are also needed to register families for emergency assistance and to sort and distribute clothes and toys for the needy. Call 202-756-3918.

Operation Food, Alexandria's annual holiday food drive, will be held in local Safeway stores Nov. 13-14 and Nov. 20-21. Volunteers are invited to work either weekend distributing flyers and accepting donations of nonperishable food. Work shifts last two hours from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Call 703-836-2176.

Animal Lore

The Fairfax Pets on Wheels program seeks volunteers to make visits to nursing homes in the Mount Vernon, Falls Church and Reston areas with their pets. Elderly and infirm residents benefit from these visits. Training is provided. Pets used in the program are required to have a temperament evaluation and a health certificate by a veterinarian. The visit schedule is flexible once training is completed. Call the Fairfax Area Agency on Aging, 703-324-5406.

Donations Sought and Offered

Catholic Charities Foster Care program requests donated gifts for its annual Christmas party for foster children. Call Burnee Forsythe or Mary Fitzgerald, 202-574-3442.

Garden Resources of Washington is in search of office furniture, computer equipment, bookcases and gardening tools in good condition. Donations are tax deductible. Call 202-234-0591.

The Little River Glen Senior Center in Fairfax County asks for a donated piano to be used for music lessons and entertainment at the senior center. Call Betsy Brock, 703-978-3805.

A reader in Bethesda offers a collection of New Yorker magazines from Jan. 1998 to June 1999 to an educational, literacy or other organization that will pick up the magazines. Call 301-656-0191.

Professional Women

Soroptimist International of Arlington will hold a planning meeting for prospective new members on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at 3524 Gallows Rd. in Annandale. The organization supports community service projects including women's shelters. Prospective new members must call and register prior to the meeting. Call Elana Strom, 703-524-4461.

Hispanic Mentors

The National Latinas Council is recruiting adult women mentors in Silver Spring and Takoma Park to serve as role models for Hispanic high school girls. Mentors provide advice and academic encouragement to the students. Fax resumes to: 202-234-0028 or call 202-234-1904.

Full-Time Volunteers

Arise, an AmeriCorps Program, serves refugees and immigrants in Northern Virginia. The organization needs full-time volunteers to provide immigration counseling, develop youth programs and assist with health care outreach. Volunteers usually agree to work 11 months full-time and there are a few part-time positions. Training provided. A small stipend and an educational award are offered. Call Kathy Hadzibajric at 202-723-3000, ext. 310 or e-mail:


Bethesda Help seeks volunteers to drive elderly, disabled and low-income neighbors to medical appointments, to deliver groceries or to assist with coordinating driving services. Volunteer coordinators work from their home; drivers use their own vehicles. The scheduled work time is one day per month. Orientation provided. Call 301-294-4888.

The Montgomery County Chapter of the American Red Cross seeks volunteer medical transportation drivers. Volunteers use Red Cross vehicles to transport elderly residents to and from non-emergency medical appointments between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays. Volunteers work a few hours or several days a month, as their schedule permits. Call 301-588-2515, ext. 206.

This Weekend

The Whitman Walker Clinic Food Bank's semiannual fund-raising yard sale will be held today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Foundry United Methodist Church, 16th and P streets NW, rain or shine. Call 202-518-0023.

Maryland was the first of the states where slavery was legal just before the Civil War to free slaves within its boundaries. On Nov. 1, 1864, slavery and involuntary servitude was abolished. On Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m., Maryland Emancipation Day will be commemorated at a free event featuring Civil War reenactors, three gospel choirs and demonstrations of open hearth cooking at Montgomery County's Oakley Cabin, in Brookeville, Md. Parking is at Longwood Recreation Center on Georgia Avenue between Olney and Brookeville. Shuttle service will be offered from the parking lot to the cabin.